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12 Hours of Sebring

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The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race held at Sebring Raceway, a former Air Force base in Sebring, Florida.

History

The track opened in 1950 on an airfield and is a road racing course styled after those used in European Grand Prix motor racing. The race is now considered one of the premier endurance races in the United States and is famous for its "once around the clock" action, starting during the day and finishing at night. For many years Sebring was part of the World Sportscar Championship.

The race has a rich history, as legendary drivers such as Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jacky Ickx, Briggs Cunningham, Lake Underwood, and Mario Andretti and manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Jaguar, Cunningham, and Ford have all been victorious.

Since the 24 Hours of Daytona are part of the Grand-Am only, the Sebring race is now the season opening event in the American Le Mans Series. It is known as an excellent preparation for the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the track's extremely bumpy surface, combined with South Florida's perennial hot weather, is a true test of a car's reliability. In recent years, six overall victories have been achieved by the all-conquering Audi R8, one shy of the seven wins of the Porsche 935 since 1978.

The Event

Fans are allowed to camp inside the green of the race track, starting several days before the actual race. They can bear witness to many practice and qualification races, as well as a vintage race. There are several classes of tickets, anywhere from full-access to simply the (usually Saturday) actual race.

Within the track is a Midway, containing everything from souvenirs and official merchandise, to hot coffee and cold beer.

Recent results

In 2005, the Chevrolet Corvette C6R and Aston Martin DB9R made their race debut in the hotly contested GT1 class, with Aston Martin winning for the first time in 49 years at Sebring ahead of the two Corvettes. Corvette had dominated the class the past three years with its previous generation C5R.

The all-new Audi R10 TDI won the 2006 edition of the race, the car's first ever run in competition. The victory set the stage for an even more momentous win by the R10 in its next race, the Le Mans 24 Hours later in the year. The much-hyped Porsche RS Spyder campaigned by Penske Racing dropped to take 2nd place in its LMP2 class, behind the Intersport Lola car. The GT1 Corvette C6R team got their revenge against the Aston Martin, although the second Corvette came within 1/3 of a second of the podium in the closing laps of the race.

Overall Winners

The very first race on New Year's Eve of 1950 was won by Frits Koster and Ralph Deshon in a Crosley Hot Shot [1]

Year Drivers Car
1952 Template:Country flagicon H. Gray / Template:Country flagicon L. Kulok Frazer-Nash
1953 Template:Country flagicon P. Walters / Template:Country flagicon J. Fitch Cunningham C4R
1954 Template:Country flagicon Stirling Moss / Template:Country flagicon B. Lloyd Osca MT4
1955 Template:Country flagicon Mike Hawthorn / Template:Country flagicon P. Walters Jaguar D-Type
1956 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio / Template:Country flagicon Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 860
1957 Template:Country flagicon Jean Behra / Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 450S
1958 Template:Country flagicon Phil Hill / Template:Country flagicon Peter Collins Ferrari 250
1959 Template:Country flagicon Dan Gurney / Template:Country flagicon Chuck Daigh / Template:Country flagicon Phil Hill / Template:Country flagicon Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 860
1960 Template:Country flagicon Hans Herrmann / Template:Country flagicon Olivier Gendebien Porsche 718
1961 Template:Country flagicon Phil Hill / Template:Country flagicon Olivier Gendebien Ferrari TR 250
1962 Template:Country flagicon Jo Bonnier / Template:Country flagicon Lucien Bianchi Ferrari TR 250
1963 Template:Country flagicon John Surtees / Template:Country flagicon Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 250P
1964 Template:Country flagicon Mike Parkes / Template:Country flagicon Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 275P
1965 Template:Country flagicon Jim Hall / Template:Country flagicon Hap Sharp Chaparral 2
1966 Template:Country flagicon Ken Miles / Template:Country flagicon Lloyd Ruby Ford X1
1967 Template:Country flagicon Bruce McLaren / Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Ford Mk IV
1968 Template:Country flagicon Jo Siffert / Template:Country flagicon Hans Herrmann Porsche 907
1969 Template:Country flagicon Jacky Ickx / Template:Country flagicon Jackie Oliver Ford GT40
1970 Template:Country flagicon Ignazio Giunti / Template:Country flagicon Nino Vaccarella / Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Ferrari 512S
1971 Template:Country flagicon Vic Elford / Template:Country flagicon Gérard Larrousse Porsche 917K
1972 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti / Template:Country flagicon Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312PB
1973 Template:Country flagicon Hurley Haywood / Template:Country flagicon Peter H. Gregg / Template:Country flagicon D. Helmick Porsche 911
1974 No race
1975 Template:Country flagicon Brian Redman / Template:Country flagicon Allan Moffat / Template:Country flagicon Sam Posey / Template:Country flagicon Hans-Joachim Stuck BMW 3.0 CSL
1976 Template:Country flagicon Al Holbert / Template:Country flagicon M. Keyser Porsche 911
1977 Template:Country flagicon G. Dyer / Template:Country flagicon B. Frisselle Porsche 911
1978 Template:Country flagicon Brian Redman / Template:Country flagicon C. Mendez / Template:Country flagicon B. Garretson Porsche 935
1979 Template:Country flagicon B. Akin / Template:Country flagicon R. McFarlin / Template:Country flagicon R. Woods Porsche 935
1980 Template:Country flagicon John Fitzpatrick / Template:Country flagicon Dick Barbour Porsche 935
1981 Template:Country flagicon B. Leven / Template:Country flagicon Hurley Haywood / Template:Country flagicon Al Holbert Porsche 935
1982 Template:Country flagicon John Paul, Sr. / Template:Country flagicon John Paul, Jr. Porsche 935
1983 Template:Country flagicon W. Baker / Template:Country flagicon J. Mullen / Template:Country flagicon K. Nierop Porsche 934
1984 Template:Country flagicon M. de Narvaez / Template:Country flagicon Hans Heyer / Template:Country flagicon Stefan Johansson Porsche 935
1985 Template:Country flagicon A. J. Foyt / Template:Country flagicon Bob Wollek Porsche 962
1986 Template:Country flagicon Hans-Joachim Stuck / Template:Country flagicon Jo Gartner / Template:Country flagicon B. Akin Porsche 962
1987 Template:Country flagicon Jochen Mass / Template:Country flagicon Bobby Rahal Porsche 962
1988 Template:Country flagicon Klaus Ludwig / Template:Country flagicon Hans-Joachim Stuck Porsche 962
1989 Template:Country flagicon Geoff Brabham / Template:Country flagicon Chip Robinson / Template:Country flagicon Arie Luyendyk Nissan GTP
1990 Template:Country flagicon Derek Daly / Template:Country flagicon B. Earl Nissan GTP
1991 Template:Country flagicon Derek Daly / Template:Country flagicon Geoff Brabham / Template:Country flagicon Gary Brabham Nissan NPT-90
1992 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio II / Template:Country flagicon Andy Wallace Eagle Mk III
1993 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio II / Template:Country flagicon Andy Wallace Eagle Mk III
1994 Template:Country flagicon Steve Millen / Template:Country flagicon Johnny O'Connell / Template:Country flagicon John Morton Nissan 300ZX
1995 Template:Country flagicon Andy Evans / Template:Country flagicon Fermín Velez / Template:Country flagicon Eric van de Poele Ferrari 333 SP
1996 Template:Country flagicon Wayne Taylor / Template:Country flagicon Jim Pace / Template:Country flagicon Eric van de Poele Riley & Scott Mk III
1997 Template:Country flagicon Andy Evans / Template:Country flagicon Fermín Velez / Template:Country flagicon Yannick Dalmas / Template:Country flagicon Stefan Johansson Ferrari 333 SP
1998 Template:Country flagicon Didier Theys / Template:Country flagicon Gianpiero Moretti / Template:Country flagicon Mauro Baldi Ferrari 333 SP
1999 Template:Country flagicon Tom Kristensen / Template:Country flagicon JJ Lehto / Template:Country flagicon Jörg Müller BMW V12 LMR
2000 Template:Country flagicon Frank Biela / Template:Country flagicon Tom Kristensen / Template:Country flagicon Emanuele Pirro Audi R8
2001 Template:Country flagicon Rinaldo Capello / Template:Country flagicon Michele Alboreto / Template:Country flagicon Laurent Aïello Audi R8
2002 Template:Country flagicon Rinaldo Capello / Template:Country flagicon Christian Pescatori / Template:Country flagicon Johnny Herbert Audi R8
2003 Template:Country flagicon Frank Biela / Template:Country flagicon Marco Werner / Template:Country flagicon Philipp Peter Audi R8
2004 Template:Country flagicon Allan McNish / Template:Country flagicon Frank Biela / Template:Country flagicon Pierre Kaffer Audi R8
2005 Template:Country flagicon JJ Lehto / Template:Country flagicon Marco Werner / Template:Country flagicon Tom Kristensen Audi R8
2006 Template:Country flagicon Tom Kristensen / Template:Country flagicon Allan McNish / Template:Country flagicon Rinaldo Capello Audi R10 Diesel

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